Skin Game – Jim Butcher

Summary

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day….

Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

He doesn’t know the half of it….

Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone—to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It’s a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world—which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he’s dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.

Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess—assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance….

Characters

The favorites are back and in full swing. With Harry as the Winter Knight there is of course a bigger baddy that we all know and love to hate. There are some new faces, most of which are interesting and lively. Some characters that have been second tier in the last few books is now center stage. Not to mention the heartwarming moments Harry finally has with his daughter!

Plot

It there is one thing that Jim Butcher can do it is play the long game. I don’t think the man could write a stand alone book if he tried. He was made to write long series that feel like they were all supposed to happen. It is a gift really and Skin Game is no different. Good old baddy Nicodemus Archeone is back and Harry has to go along with his plan per Mab…go along-ish. Hang on to your seat because this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Overall

After the last book I was a little disappointed but this book brought everything back around. I’m happy I stuck it out to Skin Game and I’m look forward to how the rest of this series unfolds. I sort of wish Harry would lose some of his more immature jokes, but honestly that’s not him, I have a feeling he’ll make terrible jokes right up until the end of the series.

Rating

5 stars

If you read to this book you might as well keep reading because this is a great read!

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